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Vengeance, Sweet Vengeance

Summary:
A lone, dark figure stands on a balcony, watching the final moments of the setting sun. It was unacceptable. She made me look weak. Like nothing. I am not nothing. I will never be nothing. That creature was going to pay for making me look like a fool. No one had ever done that to me before. And no one ever would again. Especially not her. I could taste vengeance in the air, and it was sweet. Bella and Edward have lived a blissful life with their family following their encounter with the Volturi one year ago... until sweet vengeance comes to threaten their happily ever after once again. banner by Oh_ Mike How will I go on rated teen for violence and sexual references.CHAPTER 12 is now up!!!CHAPTER 13 has been submitted and is awaiting validation!!!CHAPTERS 14-24 are ready to go!!!


Notes:
This is a plot that's been brewing in my head for about a year. I was just writing the other day, and it reared its ugly head again, demanding to be written. Song that influenced this: Showbiz by none other than... Muse. lol. Go figure. =D


4. Chapter 4- Whoa

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BPOV

Now it was everyone else’s turn to become a statue.

“What’s going on?” asked Esme, who was being followed by the rest of the family.

Finally, Carlisle smiled. “I think we’ve just discover another aspect of Bella’s power.”

My stomach fluttered in excitement. Another aspect? “You mean, there’s more to this than just shielding people from other powers?” I asked.

Carlisle nodded. “It seems like you were using Jasper’s power a moment ago.”

I blinked and shook my head. “W-what? H-how…. What does that have to do with my shield?”

I felt Edward’s arms loosen a bit as he straightened. I turned to look at him and saw realization on his face. He looked down at me then.

“I think I have this figured out,” he said. “Remember when you told me that you could sort of ‘see’ other people’s minds when they were in the shield? And how you could see the whole wolf pack when the Alpha was under the shield?”

I nodded.

“I’m thinking that this means that when you shield someone, they become a part of you. Could you read anyone’s thoughts?”

I shook my head.

“So,” said Carlisle thoughtfully. “Bella can share minds with others, yet they remain independent.”

“Or maybe we still have a long way to go with this.”

I wasn’t sure what to think of this. I had always wanted to be Edward’s Superman as well as his Lois Lane… but slowly I was drifting away from being his equal to being his superior. I was more powerful than Edward? My mind was having difficulty with that. Was I glad that I could protect him? Of course! But being more powerful? I wasn’t so sure… Our relationship power-wise suddenly went from Lois Lane and Superman to a goddess and her consort.

“Bella,” said Jasper. “This is a good thing. You can protect our family from harm. You’re useful. Haven’t you always wanted to be something other than the damsel in distress?”

Well, yeah. But not a goddess.

“What’s wrong?” Edward asked, stroking my face.

I just shook my head.

“She’s probably just a little overwhelmed, Edward,” said Carlisle.

Suddenly, Alice squealed out of nowhere.

We all turned to look at her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so happy in my entire existence. She was smiling her face off.

“Do it again!” she squeaked. “Everyone except Edward, of course. Really concentrate!!!” If she smiled any wider, her face would split… she was seriously acting like a fangirl.

I nodded and closed my eyes. Again, I took deep, slow breaths, focusing. I let my shield grow, engulfing everyone around me except Edward’s. I concentrated hard on the life-lights again, identifying every single one…

There’s gotta be a loophole in that stupid bet.

This is so wonderful. They can finally be equals. I know that that’s what Bella’s always wanted.

Fascinating. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Truly fascinating.

Hmmm… mommy…. Daddy…. Jakey….

Hi, Bella! Isn’t this awesome?

Awesome? This was weird.

Weird, indeed. WHOA!

What the-?

Did you say something?

No, did you?

What?!

“Holy Crow!!!!” I gasped.

My shield snapped back into place.

Everyone was staring at me in shock… except for Alice, of course.

“What did I miss?” Edward asked.

Everyone just looked at him.

Alice was the only one who could speak. “We all heard each other! We could even hear Bella!”

Edward’s eyes widened. “What?”

My mouth moved before anything else could do anything. “I don’t know how it happened. I-“

“Wow,” said Edward, listening in on everyone’s memories of the anomaly… at least that’s what I assumed.

“Absolutely fascinating,” said Carlisle. “That must be exactly what it’s like to be in a wolf pack. Just imagine the benefits to our family.”

I thought for a second… and agreed. I smiled. I turned to Edward.

“We’re doing it again. Right now. Just us.”

“Umm, Bella,” said Alice. “For our sakes, you might want to do that in private.”

Alice barely finished before Edward whisked me out of the house to our cottage shouting, “Watch Nessie for us!”

Soon he had me on the white bed. I put my hands on his face and closed my eyes. I expanded my shield again. Focusing on his life-light…

What I heard and felt took my breath away.

She’s so beautiful. I can’t believe she’s mine.

There was so much love poring out of him that I thought my unbeating heart would burst… or quite possibly start beating again.

I love you, he thought.

I smiled. I love you too.

We kissed passionately and beyond. And despite the many distractions, my shield remained intact, making this night the most amazing night of our existence.

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Jane POV

I burst through the door into Aro’s office. My patience was finally worn.

“Aro!”

He turned. His papery features folded gracefully into a smile. “Jane, dear one! What is it that you require?”

A growl trembled in my throat. “Isabella Cullen’s ashes.”

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